Gustavo Siller
Shareholder
Overview

“To be an effective counselor, you have to understand the client’s industry and their overall business goals.”

Gus Siller’s clients get two for the price of one: an experienced counselor who understands how to develop successful intellectual property portfolios, and a formidable litigator who defends those portfolios powerfully in court. His background in computer, electrical and mechanical engineering is invaluable to companies involved in analog and digital technology, medical devices, computer design, semiconductor technology, expert systems, software related technology, conveyor devices and packaging technology. Gus is also a licensed patent attorney with experience in patent prosecution and interference practice.

As a litigator, Gus has defended clients against infringement claims by both competitors and NPEs. He is experienced at helping companies decide when to litigate and when to settle, and in executing individualized dispute-resolution strategies for best results.

Gus has developed a particular niche helping Asian companies navigate U.S. intellectual property protection laws. He works with companies from Korea, Japan and China to identify and minimize the risks of bringing sophisticated technology to U.S. markets. Gus supervises portfolios containing thousands of new patents each year, protecting innovation against infringement and leveraging it through licensing and other transactions.

Since 2005, Gus has been recognized annually as an Illinois Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation.

Practice Groups
Education
  • J.D.
    DePaul University College of Law, 1982
  • Graduate Coursework, Computer and Electrical Engineering
    Illinois Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering
    Northwestern University, 1979
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Analog
  • Digital
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
Languages
  • Spanish
Experience | Overview
  • Gus achieved a favorable settlement for LG Electronics in a patent infringement action involving cellular telephones and tablets.
  • He defended LG Philips LCD (now LG Display Co.) in an infringement action a brought by several patent holding companies, which settled after Gus filed summary judgment motions.
  • In another patent-holding company case, Gus represented Ericsson and Sony-Ericsson in defending infringement allegations brought by MLR, which ultimately settled.
  • Gus achieved a favorable settlement for Power Measurement Ltd. and Power Measurement Inc. in an action alleging antitrust violations, tortious interference with a prospective business relationship and unfair competition against General Electric Co. He also defended the Power Measurement entities in a 10-patent infringement action related to digital power monitoring systems brought by General Electric.
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois

United States Department of Energy, Argonne, Illinois
Patent Attorney, 1985-1989

Experience | Teaching
DePaul University College of Law
Adjunct Professor, 1995-1997
Forward Thinking
in the media
May 01, 2017
President-Elect, Gus Siller, was quoted several times in the May 2017 Chicago Lawyer article, "Through the Looking Glass: Intellectual Property Law Revamps in the Wake of PTAB Shifts, Competition from Shenzhen and of ...
in the media
January 18, 2017
On January 18, 2017, Yahoo! Finance announced Gus Siller was chosen as president-elect.  To read the article, please click here.
alert
June 16, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc...

publication
December 08, 2014
On December 8, Gus Siller was featured in the article, 'Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Brinks' Gustavo Siller Jr.' in Law360. In the Law360 Q&A Gus gives insight on how he broke the glass ceiling in the legal industry, challenges ...
in the media
July 02, 2014
Gus Siller was quoted in the July 2014 issue of the Chicago Lawyer article 'The Diversity Discussion: How Firms Stand Out.' Click here to read more.
publication
November/December 2010
Gustavo Siller, Jr. is featured in the article “Leading Law Firm Rainmakers” in the November/December 2010 issue of Diversity & the Bar. Mr. Siller was one of 16 attorneys who were singled out for their business development skills.
publication
November 2005
Presentations
  • "USITC Section 337 Investigations and Responses: The ITC Hearing and Decision - What to Expect," Beijing and Shenzhen, China, April 2009
  • "USITC Section 337 Investigations and Responses: You Receive a Section 337 Complaint! Now What? Required Responses and Possible Countermeasures," Beijing and Shenzhen, China, April 2009
  • Technical Barriers and Enterprises Overseas IP Strategies Forum, Shanghai, China, 2008
  • International Intellectual Property Law, St. Peter's College, Oxford University, UK, July - August 2003
Representative Matters
  • Cascades Innovation Inc. v. HTC Corp et al., (N.D. Ill. 2011).  Subject: Represented LG Electronics, Inc. in defending patent infringement allegations for cellular telephones and tablets.  Resolution: Settled favorably for LG Electronics.
  • Shop-Vac Corp. v. Alton Industries Group Ltd. (N.D. Ill. 2013)  Subject: Represent Alton Industries in suit alleging infringement of 5 patents.  Currently pending.
  • New Medium Technologies LLC. AV Technologies, LLC. IP Innovation LLC and Technology Licensing Corporation. v. Barco N.V., et al. (N. D. Ill. 2005). Subject: Represented LG Philips LCD (now LG Display Co.) in defending an action for patent infringement brought by several patent holding companies of numerous patents. Resolution: Settled after filing of summary judgment motions on behalf of LG Philips.
  • MLR, LLC v. US Robotics Corp., et al. (N.D, Ill. 2002). Subject: Represented Ericsson and Sony-Ericsson in defending action for patent infringement brought by MLR, a patent holding company. Resolution: Settled.
  • Power Measurement Ltd., et al. v. General Electric Co. (D. Conn. 2002). Subject: Represented Power Measurement Ltd. and Power Measurement Inc. in an action for anti-trust, tortious interference with prospective business relationship and unfair competition brought against the General Electric Co. and in defending a ten patent infringement action related to digital power monitoring systems brought by the General Electric Co. against Power Measurement Ltd. and Power Measurement Inc. Resolution: Settled.
  • Schreiber Foods Inc. v. Saputo (N.D. Ill. 1999). Subject: Represented Schreiber Foods Inc. in a patent infringement action brought by Schreiber Foods Inc. against Saputo relating to food processing technology. Resolution: Settled.
  • Park City Group, Inc. v. Campbell Software, Inc. (D. Utah 1998). Subject: Represented Campbell Software, Inc. in defending a patent infringement action brought by Park City Group, Inc. relating to time management and employee scheduling software. Resolution: Settled.
  • Discovision Associates v. Disc Manufacturing Inc. (DMI) (D. Del. 1995). Subject: Represented Disc Manufacturing Inc. in defending a patent infringement action against DMI relating to compact disk encoding technology. Resolution: Settled.
  • Aliant Communications Inc. v. Interstate Energy Corp. (S.D. Iowa 1998). Subject: Represented Interstate Energy Corp. in a trademark infringement action. Result: Settled after temporary restraining order hearing and preliminary injunction hearing.
  • Square D Co. v. Power Measurement Ltd., et al. (D. Del. 1995). Subject: Represented Power Measurement Ltd. in defending a patent infringement action brought by the Square D Co. against Power Measurement Ltd. Resolution: Settled.
  • Alpine Lace v. Kraft Food, et al. (D. N.J. 1995).
  • In re Matter of Certain Integrated Circuit Devices, Processes for Making Same, Components Thereof and Products Containing Same (ITC), 1993.
Press Releases & Events
March 23, 2017

CHICAGO—Gus Siller, a veteran patent litigator and the president-elect of intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, will discuss “The Ethics of Diversity and the Economics of Inclusion” at a fundraising event for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) on March 29, 2017, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Loop office of Exelon.

March 29, 2017
On March 29, 2017, Gus Siller will speak at the “The Ethics of Diversity and the Economics of Inclusion” panel at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s Chicago fundraiser hosted by Exelon at its corporate ...
January 11, 2017

CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, has chosen shareholder and patent litigator Gustavo Siller as its president-elect...

January 03, 2017

CHICAGO—A passion for intellectual property law. A commitment to exceptional client service. ...

May 26, 2016
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, announced today that it has filed an application with the Shenzhen Justice Bureau to establish an office in Shenzhen, China, the ...
January 12, 2016

CHICAGO—Twenty-two attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2016 ...

August 14, 2015
CHICAGO—Minority students interested in careers in the law will receive a helpful boost at this year’s Summer Legal Institute, a program of Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization, (JTB-APO), at an August 4, 2015 session ...
January 20, 2015
CHICAGO—Twenty-four attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms, are named to the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a rating service that lists lawyers from more than ...
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
January 14, 2014
CHICAGO -- Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, has announced the 2014 chairpersons of its legal and industry practice groups and geographic task forces. The firm added a new practice group ...
January 22, 2013
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has announced its 2013 board of directors, a group headed by firm president James R. Sobieraj and including shareholders William H. Frankel, Howard S. Michael, James P. Naughton, Steven L. Oberholtzer, ...
January 15, 2013
CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has added four new attorneys as chairs of its firm-wide practice groups and formed two new task forces to focus on intellectual property legal services to clients in Germany and Brazil. Appointees include ...
September 20, 2012
CHICAGO – The 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition has named 24 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione in the categories of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property – Litigation respectively. The following Brinks attorneys are ...
September 18, 2012
CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
Honors
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005-2016
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2004-2005, 2007, 2009-2012, 2015-2016
Affiliations
  • American Bar Association 
    Litigation Section
    Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
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